Did you know that of the 3 696 ideas presented by students in the Youth PB, 66% of those proposed improvements in the school context and 34% in the community? Of these proposals, 484 were voted on and resulted in 120 winning ideas. 

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Engaging citizens, building the future

We are dedicated to conceiving lifelong education and the promotion of skills for active citizenship. As such, the promotion of tools for citizen participation, involvement and co-responsibility are ways to enhance the present conditions with an eye on the future. 

It is through the practice and effective implementation of projects in which the citizen has his place and his voice that we create a more informed democracy prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.  

Voluntariado Jovem Cascais / Cascais Youth Volunteering

The annual programme offers those aged between 15 and 30 a chance to take part in youth volunteering events, and get involved in projects that promote active citizenship skills, as well as the development of soft skills on a personal, social and professional level.

These are practical, occasional and short term activities, varying according to the specificity of the project and/or event.

They cover different areas of the Municipality of Cascais' services, such as education, sports, youth, urbanism, environment, communication and culture.

Since its implementation, there have been over 1230 participating volunteers, who contributed to 76,471 hours of voluntary work.

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Cascais Edu

Cascais Edu is a mobile application that provides the educational community (students, parents, teachers) specific educational information: activities, evaluations, absences, schedules and contacts, among others.

It can be a meeting point between different stakeholders, provide quick access to information and ensure transparency and participation among all.

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City Points

City Points is a mobile app that is designed to promote good citizenship practices and recognize citizens who actively contribute to local sustainability.

Operating since 2018, it relies on a gamification system that scores users who actively engage in predefined actions. The points can be exchanged for products or services vouchers provided by local partners.  

It joins synergies with other municipal participatory democracy policies, such as Participatory Budget and other Cascais Participa strategy initiatives.

With international recognition, City Points was the winning Project of the WSA - World Summit Awards 2018, category "Government & City Engagement"; and obtained 1st place in the IDC 2020 - "Smart Cities and Communities Europe and Central Asia Awards", category "Economic Development and Participation".

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Youth Participatory Budget

The Youth Participatory Budget wants to promote the participatory democracy among the younger communities. This is achieved by students participating in public sessions, where they present and vote on their own proposals for school improvements.

The public participation sessions are open to all students of the facilities, reinforcing the importance of sharing, debating, and disseminating results among peers. Each school is assigned 10 000€ to implement the students' proposals. 
In 2021/2022, 349 students and 27 teachers from 15 schools participated directly in the definition and discussion of proposals, covering nearly 15,000 students in the Cascais public school system.

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